By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The new majority at the Legislative Yuan after the January 16
election should not be held by the Democratic Progressive Party on its own, but by several “pro-green” parties, the small Free Taiwan Party said Saturday.
DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen holds a commanding lead in the presidential election scheduled for the same day, but the party also wants to gain control of the Legislature for the first time, with or without its allies.
One of those is the newly formed Free Taiwan Party, chaired by activist professor Tsay Ting-kuei, a frequent leader of protests in favor of referendums and against KMT policies.
FTP legislative candidate Janice Chen said she had no problem with Tsai winning the presidential election and with the DPP becoming the ruling party, but at the Legislative Yuan, more diversity was needed.
Smaller pro-green parties could have a review function, taking a closer look at government decisions and proposing different solutions to problems, Chen said. If the most powerful party went off in the wrong direction, the smaller groups could point this out and use their influence to get the government back on the right track, she explained. [FULL STORY]